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Generous Law Firms and Gigantic Gorillas

January 23, 2017


Koko Awards Ceremony


This past October 2016, something wackier than normal happened on Market Street in downtown San Francisco: a group of mascots getting down, all in the name of fighting poverty. Through this mascot dance-off, United Way Bay Area launched our annual Koko Challenge, which engages the local legal community to raise more than $1 million to alleviate poverty throughout the Bay Area.


For the past three months, Bryan Cave, Gordon & Rees, Jones Day, King & Spalding, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Paul Hastings, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Reed Smith, Ropes & Gray, Sidley Austin, and Squire Patton Boggs (US) have thrown ping-pong tournaments, pot-luck lunches, silent auctions, and much more to raise money for the community. Our friends at the Jones Day law firm generously offered to host the annual awards ceremony on January 19th to celebrate all of the hard work (and fundraising!).


Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, the winners of the Big Koko Award, told us, “Although keeping Koko as a permanent resident in our lobby is a motivating factor, our true focus is how we as a firm can give back to our community. Our priority is to continue building and strengthening this community not only during the campaign, but all year long.”


The competition was fierce, but we are thrilled to share the overall winners with you:


  • Affinity Groups Champion: Paul Hastings


  • Campaign Spirit Award: Bryan Cave


  • Silverback Award: Jones Day


  • Baby Koko – Highest Participation: Bryan Cave


  • Little Koko – Highest Participation: Jones Day


  • Big Koko – Highest Participation: Pillsbury


  • Highest Participation in Volunteerism: Reed Smith


  • Greatest Number of Hours Volunteered: Reed Smith


  • Battle of the Associates: Squire Patton Boggs


  • Baby Koko – Greatest Increase in Giving: Bryan Cave


  • Little Koko – Greatest Increase in Giving: Jones Day


  • Baby Koko – Highest Giving Per Capita: Bryan Cave


  • Little Koko – Highest Giving Per Capita: Sidley Austin


  • Big Koko – Highest Giving Per Capita: Pillsbury


  • Top Banana: Jones Day


  • Paul Glad Advancement Award: Pillsbury


  • Poverty Fighting Champion: Gordon & Rees


  • Pathways Out of Poverty: King & Spalding


  • Special Event Fundraising: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius


  • 2016 Baby Koko Champion: Bryan Cave


  • 2016 Little Koko Champion: Jones Day


  • 2016 Big Koko Champion: Pillsbury



Click here to learn more about participating in this 29 year tradition.